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totaleefree

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  1. I guess the tragedy in Waukesha on Sunday should hit deep for all of us. We all marched in a Christmas parade with our High School bands. 40 years ago drum corps were regularly in Christmas parades to. I hope that people are not afraid to march in the streets to entertain the people after this horrible event. Please keep the people of Waukesa in your prayers, or if you do not pray think a good thought for them. Please keep this non political.
  2. I am not sure how well DCA will do back in Rochester. It has been several more years since the Crusaders or Statesmen marched so they are less remembered now. Also DCA has lost many competing corps since last in Rochester. Most did not bring huge contingents with them but each corps bringing some fans added a little to the crowd. I wonder if they will reinstate the hotel policy ? I think Williamsport never got the economic impact they hoped for. However there will probably be no corps day tripping to compete in Rochester so they may get some money into their hotels.
  3. In 85 I was with another corps and I was amazed at the SCV show . I couldn't believe they were kids just like us. I still think that was one of the best shows I had ever seen. Maybe it was just seeing only parts of it live. Later I became friends with some people in that SCV corps . I think it is on my profile as my favorite show.
  4. With no scores would that end penalties for age outs, going to long, using flutes and violins so what if your score is thrown out for having a bunch of 40 year olds there is no score
  5. I dreaded a no score season, however I thought that musically most corps were the best I had heard in a while. maybe not as aerobic but just as entertaining and doing music they liked and that we knew and liked. however there needs to be a criteria for performance orders and such, would it be a random draw to perform at 10 am on finals day, Would you have Jersey Surf perform between Bloo and SCV ? May everyone would sit through 8 hours to catch Blue Devils at 2:30 then come back at 5:00 to see Boston.
  6. I was somewhat less than positive about this season with all the stuff that had been going on. Even just seeing Colt Cadets makes me miss being out somewhere in the heat helping out the corps in some way. I may still have to make my way to the midwest in a week or 2.
  7. I think the chain Music in Madison is about this. I am watching on flow and it started with a high school ensemble performing national Anthem to a very active crowd, happy to see corps back on the field
  8. I received an email in April from a corps saying to expect ticket sales as well as actual locations of shows around June 1.
  9. There are many people still in hysteria and buying the hype. You cannot force them to come out of the basement and do something before they feel totally safe. Some people think that they would be endangering their children's lives letting them travel anytime in the next few years.
  10. This was put out by a corps. I think this echoes a lot of the sediment here, we are not against having a season but there are still many variables out there We are cautiously optimistic about real, live drum corps this summer. However, please know that the best source of information regarding official really great Drum Corps events is the official really great Drum Corps website. While speculative dates may have been announced, many of these dates are NOT confirmed by the participating organizations and could be moved. We, too, are anxious to gather together - safely. But don’t go buying your plane tickets just yet. Our website, emails, and social media accounts are the best sources of information on our event dates. We appreciate your patience and understanding! and this is the corps putting it out
  11. I figured the Bluecoats wrong, thought they were doing the midwest thing, but looks like they were persuaded to go East.
  12. I do some occasional part time work with an events company and we just had a conference scheduled for Sept canceled, And our attendees stay in hotels, not high school gyms and don't spend real long times in crowded busses. Though most would have flown. The events company still has some events tenatively scheduled for July and August but I am not that sure how solid they are. I think that with the money the companies need to lay out for a big meeting they are not all that confident everything will be better by then. And I guess they can do the actual business online they just miss the fun team building stuff that costs money and makes people want to come to the conventions. I still havn't bought a plane ticket to Indy.
  13. The district still is restricting rentals and uses of interior spaces “through the start of next school year,” with the exception of groups involved in summer school activities. IE housing
  14. I would be surprised if they were to announce an Allentown DCI event. From what I have seen in corps that have announced their summer intentions most have some idea that they would be regional in the midwest and maybe some type of a texas tour for corps in the southwest. Going to Allentown would be completely out of sync with their previous intentions and entail a great deal more tour planning and expense. Things are changing quickly but in my mind (which is wrong quite often) I don't see an Large Allentown event happening. Maybe BAC and Cadets doing an exhibition, but not a major event.
  15. The last time they went over it was in Sept Oct they did an exhibition at DCE finals then went to Switzerland. So most of the DCI corps was probably back in school. Also one reason the season was cancelled was the bingo hall was closed for a while and they were unsure of their finances, It states in the announcement that they have found other sponsors for this tour, and it is very much not written in stone yet.
  16. Crown would not be in the geographical footprint of that group, I had heard rumors of Bluceoats possibly doing midwest, but not east, and Crown possibly doing Texas though I havn't seen anything lately to suggest that.. I hate to beat on people who are down, but I think GH had a lot to do with crushing many East Coast corps, destroying the old Drum Corps East.
  17. Plan on being with a corps in the food truck, depends on what their housing arrangement is and whether they will need a food truck. Do they set up food trucks in a hotel parking lot ? If I fly up I would like to spend at least 2 weeks working with the corps I am not that sure I would come up for just a 4 day stint and if it is that short a stint they should have too many volunteers
  18. It is a set of Domino's. Before you can really look at housing you need someone who will host the show and a place so the corps know where to go. Normally the show dates are finalized in Jan and Feb so corps can begin filling in housing details. Corps who have been doing similar schedules for the past 20 years have networks of past housing sites and Alumni who work in school bands and often don't need assistance from the show host. This year though I think there is going to be a lot more reliance on the hosts as the Covid has thrown a major wrench into the old system. Until I see show dates announced I am not too confident that a tour will happen. Right now Corps are normally also making sure they have bus and truck drivers, the drivers are probably the most most important part of the marchers safety and having the right drivers who understand DCI is vital.
  19. Normally this time of year Volunteers are marking their calendars, finding places where they can join the tour, taking time off work or pleasure so they can help out the corps for a few days or weeks. Volunteer coordinators are filling in the holes making sure they have coverage for the entire tour. Bus companies are making sure that drivers who know the Drum corps daily rhythm are blocked off for the summer. Truck drivers are clearing their schedules to make sure they are available. This late in the year not knowing what kind of a schedule they will have, if any has to be really tough on corps staffs. Corps becoming national in scope makes it very difficult to do some type of limited regional summer as some mid west groups have expressed an interest in maybe doing. It takes a huge army of weird goofy dedicated volunteers to keep a tour going. The system has been built on helping corps you like regardless of geography, just meet the corps and ride with them for 2 weeks. I am not sure people will fly from CA to work the food truck in Chicago for a 3 days regional tour weekend.. Does a 40 member soundsport require the food trailer to get out and be pulled by a semi ? Do you fill one equipment trailer and leave the others in the parking lot ? Will parents pay thousands of dollars for a 3 weeks summer program ? For marchers they don't know what the future brings . I understand that next year they might get that great internship, or financial situations might change and this may be their last opportunity at some type of DCI experience. I hate to deny kids an opportunity, but I just don't see the season coming together. I have been hacked out of my Facebook account for several months, and that is where I get most corps announcements. To the best of my knowledge I havn't seen any announcements of shows being hosted yet and it is really hard to plan schedule based on a bunch of maybes Sorry for my ramblings I woke really early and have been thinking a lot about my summer plans and am frustrated that I cannot pencil in the days to be with the corps
  20. I was watching "Lady and the Dale" on HBO. They had footage from a Christmas parade in LA in 1966, and the clip they show was Monterey Park Girls Drum and Bugle Corps. The name is on the bass drum.
  21. My experience with Regiment is that they have a pretty solid admin team. Hopefully they will put a lot of thought and elbow grease into this and do it right. Personally I don't see the upside outweighing what could go wrong, but I have been wrong quite often
  22. Also those new members will have 2 less years of Marching Band. So some will be starting from ground zero.
  23. I don't think they will have very many events, the risks of hosting are great. I had originally thought the cost for a maybe 3 show season would drive a lot of people away. However I looked at WGI many teams there do 2 regionals and finals. They get no apearence fees and many stay at hotels. The school units may be subsidised but members of independant units pay a lot of money for a very short season. I have talked to some people who know more than I do and they were looking at maybe 2 shows then finals however nothing has been confirmed. Personally I think for the money it will cost it is not a great value, however if a marcher planned on marching in 2020 and next year you will finish school and move on and no longer have summers free this may be their last chance to do something drumcorps. I just hope that no corps run up debt to go to Indy this year which would prevent them from coming back for competitive seasons later on.
  24. 1985 Bridgeman had Christmas music, however I understand there are no recordings or videos of that show. Not their finest moment.
  25. I know there is no show, but are they going to have an awards ceremony for the Bucs anyway since they would have won ?
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